About Rose And Dagger: A Portland Tattoo Shop
Rose & Dagger was founded by Portland Tattooer Eli Falconette in 2015. For over three years, the shop that Eli built has served the Foster-Powell neighborhood and developed a great relationship with the Portland community. Falconette’s style reflects the type of classic imagery we see from artists like Mike Malone or Zeke Owens, while still demonstrating a personal touch that gives his work a very campy, lighthearted feel. The current owner, Holly Susuki became the shop’s owner in 2017 and presented a series of traditional themes by utilizing vibrant, saturated colors and gorgeous silhouettes. Both of these artists reflect the type of consistency and precision in their work that you can only expect from a Portland traditional tattoo shop, and it’s something that has truly set a standard in the Pdx community.
It was important to this Pdx tattoo shop to hire artists that had stand-out portfolios of exceptional quality. Today, Rose&Dagger is home to six unique artists who have more than proven our worth in this industry, and we work as a team to leave a mark in the ever-evolving landscape of the tattoo world.
Owner/ ArtistHolly is the aforementioned owner of Rose&Dagger tattoo. Her pieces feature a traditional style of tattooing that brings traditional linework to life with a brilliant array of colors. Susuki’s style can be described as bright and bold, but there is something to be said for the detail that she takes great care to illustrate. Even the simplest tattoos work to convey an implied texture that can only be developed with great precision and understanding of movement. These designs are whimsical and look full of life. They almost look ready to dance off the skin.
ArtistIsaac has been tattooing for over four years. Nichols’ style developed during his apprenticeship in California and began to mirror the styles of Japanese tattoo artists. This tattoo style, better known as Irezumi, emphasizes a painterly technique that features lush fabrics and landscapes. Isaac’s work shows a great ability to illustrate a scene and creates a sense of drama that you would expect from someone that studies Japanese art styles so closely. Rose&Dagger welcomed Nichols through our doors in October 2018 and he has never disappointed.
FounderFalconette may no longer be the owner of Rose&Dagger, but he is still an invaluable member of the RAD team. Eli set the standard of what to expect from a Portland Tattoo Shop thanks to his discerning tastes and expectations of the artists he chose to employ. Eli’s tattooing shows a flawless execution of the traditional tattoo style, but still incorporates modern themes and pop culture references. His work is lighthearted, humorous, and precise. It demonstrates the type of skill you can only gain as a seasoned veteran of the tattoo industry.
ArtistDavis has been tattooing since 2001. In both his tattoos and his paintings, Eirmann draws a very clear amount of inspiration from traditional Japanese and American tattoos. His work exemplifies what it means to be a well-rounded artist, developing beautiful compositions by incorporating florals, watercolors, and aspects of his Mexican heritage. Davis has been a part of the RAD family for over a year and continues to impress with his amazing visuals and his exceptional skills with tattoo script.
ArtistIan’s time at Rose&Dagger may not be as extensive as some of the other artists, but his work definitely leaves an impression on his co-workers and clients alike. His style is as versatile as his subject matter is humorous. Bolson’s work can range from seamless contour drawings to cartoons, intricate patterns, portraits, and clean, well-executed text. Ian’s portfolio is refreshing, interesting, and diverse because he isn’t committed to any one style. His work truly embodies what we would expect of someone from the RAD team and we look forward to many more years with him!
ArtistCrimer’s work is very distinct and doesn’t tend to deviate from the minimalist color palette featured in blackwork tattooing, but that doesn’t make his pieces any less bold or exquisite. Freeman’s black work shows elegance and precision and works for an array of images and themes. You could line his portfolio up against any other black work artist and still be able to pick his work out from others. These tattoos make a dramatic statement and add a very high fashion, modernized touch to the works. His understanding of symmetry and composition is perfectly reflected in the tattoos he creates and instills a sense of romance into the skin.